It's not entirely clearly why, but the White House is refusing to release the names of gay invitees for the hate crimes signing reception that took place last night in Washington. I've tried to get the list and failed repeatedly. We know which members of Congress were invited, and which members of the Shepard and Byrd families. But nothing about any gays invited at all to a reception honoring the inclusion of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender and disability to America's already existing hate crimes law. (And for that matter, we don't even know if any people with disabilities or trans people were invited, either -- women and African-Americans you could see on the news feed.) The White House is simply refusing to release any of the names. This is odd. And it's not helping already strained relations between the Obama administration and the gay community on what was supposed to be our big day.
Read the entire post at AMERICAblog gay.